Staff Profile:Professor Christine Williams

Position / Job Title:
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Professor Williams has special responsibility with Enterprise. Committees directly related to the PVC role include:

  • Board for Enterprise (Chair)
  • Thames Valley Economic Partnership
  • UoR Science and Technology Centre Board (Chair)
  • University Development Board
  • Technology Transfer Advisory Group

Committees Professor Williams is also involved with include:

  • Equal Opportunities Advisory Group (Chair)
  • Health and Safety Committee (Chair)
  • Knowledge Transfer Centre Board
  • Local Joint Technical Staff Committee (Chair)
  • Neighbourhood Forum (Chair)
  • Reading 2020 Partnership Group
  • Reading External Partners Chamber (of Commerce) Council
  • Standing Committee on Examination Results (Chair)
  • Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce
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Professor Christine Williams obtained her BSc Nutrition from Kings College, University of London in 1973 and her PhD (Medicine) from Guys Hospital Medical School in 1978. She was Reader in Nutritional Biochemistry at the University of Surrey before becoming the first Hugh Sinclair Professor of Nutrition at the University of Reading in 1995. She was Head of the School of Food Biosciences between 2003-2006 and in August 2006 was appointed the Dean of Life Sciences. Her research is primarily concerned with understanding the impact of dietary fats on human health, particularly in relation to cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance. She is frequently involved in providing advice to government and industry on matters relating to dietary policy and actively engages in dissemination of nutritional science to the public. In 1999 she was awarded the Royal Society of Medicine Gold Medal in Nutrition for her contribution to scholarship and education in nutrition. She is member of a number of expert and advisory committees. In the UK she is a Member of the Governing Body of the British Nutrition Foundation, she Chairs the BBSRC Agri-Food Committee and sits on the BBSRC Appointments Board. She was appointed a member of the Food Standards Agency, Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) which advises government on all aspects of diet in relation to public health.

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Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 7103

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